Daxon Toone had a huge day in his final home game in front of the Bulldog faithful Thursday night in the Dawg House. Toone’s 27 point outburst was not enough to defeat the Chaparral Cowboys as the Dawgs lost 71-60. The Bulldogs battled the Cowboys evenly for most of the first half despite the huge speed advantage for Chaparral. The Dawgs trailed 16-14 after one period despite 7 points from Toone. The Dawgs hit a dry spell and trailed 27-15 midway through the second period before outscoring the Cowboys 15-6 to finish the first half of play. The Bulldogs closed the gap to 33-32 early in the second half before the quickness of the Cowboys moved them out to a 50-38 advantage. The Period ended with the Cowboys up 54-44 after three periods. Toone had 10 points in the quarter to lead the Dawgs. The Bulldogs battled eveny the rest of the way before losing 71-60.
The Bulldogs defeated the Sky Pointe Eagles earlier in the week by a score of 80-56, the Dawgs highest offensive output of the season. The Dawgs trailed 36-31 before putting up a strong defensive effort in the third and fourth periods to win easily. Toone led 11 Bulldog scorers with 26 points in the win followed by Will Barnum’s 14 points. The Bulldogs will take their 4-6 3A and 5-16 overall season record to the highly favored Democracy Prep Blue Knights gym on Tuesday Feb. 19. The Blue Knights went 10-0 in 3A play and 22-5 overall. Democracy Prep, are led by two of the top players in southern Nevada. Najeeb Muhammad leads the Knights with a 20.4 point per game average followed by Daniel Plumer and Chancellor Johnson with 15.6 and 15.3 averages respectively. The high scoring Blue Knights could be the best or one of the best teams in Southern Nevada basketball, and are heavy favored to win it all.